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Communication is essentially an exchange of ideas, concepts. Words are just a medium, carriers for the concept or idea we want to convey. But is it really so today? Do we exchange ideas or just sounds?
Quoting Juanma Lillo here- "How can defence and attack exist without the ball? But people need to communicate, so there is a reduction of concepts, a simplification. I understand that. The thing is, you have to reduce without impoverishing."
As the words are used over and over, there is another step towards reduction. When we use some words, what we wish to convey is the concept, not just the word per se. The concept and the word are not exactly the same. The concept inherently has something more to its existence.
Something beyond just the word. Otherwise, there would be no situations, where a person knows the idea he wants to convey but is unable to find the right words. Clearly, the concept has an existence beyond the tangibility of the words.
Over the time though, I guess this distinction fades. The words are thought of as simply a substitute for the concept. Just the way promissory notes themselves "become" money. So over time, concepts start meaning less and less to the user.
Soon the words totally replace the concept in terms of their value. Newer and newer terms are then churned out on top of the existing ones. In reality though, what is churned out are new "labels" for same old stuff, more empty and meaningless terms.
Communication then looks like the advertises today. Columns are full of permutations of the labels, without actually any content whatsoever. Labels come in different forms. Some are political, some are social, some for marketing... Hell, even in football. Isn't that part of life?
What is't realised I guess, is that it affects the idea of understanding. Soon the underlying concept has no value. So long as we know how a word sounds and how to throw it around, we are good.
The concept basically starts to mean less and less and only a false sense of "knowing" a word replaces it. And since our words lose any attachment with the idea, we assume that to be the case with others. Which only means plain distrust without showing it. Terrible scenario.
Basically that means the whole idea of communication fails. But who cares? So long as we can keep making new words on top of the older ones, we are good. So long as the machine keeps running, we go on and on while we keep complaining about degraded surroundings and interactions.
When did we forget the fact that when we communicate, we actually first think to ourselves? When did we forget that first, we actually have to communicate with ourselves? I guess that "thinking" part has reduced. As Lillo says- "The garnish has eaten the steak."
In Orwell's 1984, Syme tries to convince Winston about Doublespeak and Ingsoc, how reduction in vocabulary would lead to reduction in concepts and thus new thoughts. This is poverty. I guess what we have today is the polar opposite, yet we find ourselves in the same scenario.
We have a plethora of meaningless words, yet without any attachment to an underlying concept. It's a sort of "rich poverty". And this, I would attribute to yet another form of reduction-
Since our words carry our concepts, yet words being tangible unlike the concepts; we tend to fuse the concept of "words" and concept of a "concept". And since the words are tangible, being spoken, written, read and heard, they outmuscle the concepts.
Words are just too many and in too many forms. I guess only that's what has kept us away from some kind of a "communication crunch". Instead, it is worse. Our interaction only kkeps getting worse and meaningless.
Walt Whitman said this- "Reexamine what you have been told. Dismiss what abuses your soul." Well, reexamine what you want to say and dismiss that which doesn't have a value I guess. Terrible times.
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